Union Pacific at East Deerfield West—three photos.

Sometimes after making all the wrong moves, luck falls on your lap.

It was Thursday, October 22, Mike Gardner and I had traveled to Brattleboro, Vermont to intercept the southward New England freight, job 611. Instead of my usual route via back roads, we opted for I-91, then got caught in terrible traffic in the town. By the time we reached the yard, 611 had departed.

To Millers Falls we went, only to learn we missed the train by moments. “Now what?” Mike asked.

So, we went over to Pan Am’s East Deerfield Yard, near Greenfield, Massachusetts. Where trains converged from all directions.

Eastward freight, symbol 14R, came into view led by Union Pacific SD70M 3947. “What is this, the Feather River Canyon?”

This was not hard to take; clean Union Pacific locomotives from the famous ‘Railfan’s Bridge’ at East Deerfield West.

I’ve made countless photos from this well established vantage point, but it’s always nice to get something unusual. The bridge itself is on borrowed time, so my philosophy is make use of it while I can.

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Freight 14R with Union Pacific and NS EMDs works into East Deerfield Yard. Where's the old SW1 that worked as the West End switcher?
Freight 14R with Union Pacific and NS EMDs works into East Deerfield Yard. Where’s the old SW1 that worked as the West End switcher?

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3 thoughts on “Union Pacific at East Deerfield West—three photos.”

  1. Brian, i believe the UP and BNSF units are becoming more common sightings here. but on a non intermodal/auto rack freight, now that sure is different!! once i got the southbound intermodal heading west from the yard with a BNSF unit in lead, an NS unit, and a truly rare PAR SD40 facing forward. never, ever, have i seen a PAR unit on a container train. and i got it on video to boot!!!! Fabulous catch, keep on shootin’

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